Pet Vaccinations

Getting Your Pet the Vaccines They Need

Our pets are part of our family. This is why it is important to get them the medical care that they deserve. You will want to get them the vaccines they need from a veterinary professional to keep their bodies healthy. Fortunately, we here at All Creatures Hospital, Inc. in Del Mar, CA have the right resources to keep your pet healthy. Let's take a look at some frequently asked questions about pet vaccinations and how we can help your pet get the protection that they need.

Kitten getting its first round of vaccines.

Why Are Pet Vaccinations Necessary?

As mentioned previously, pet vaccinations will help keep your pet healthy and happy. Vaccinations help bolster your pet's immune system and give them a chance to fight off potentially deadly diseases. Your pet is not able to naturally produce the antibodies necessary to fight off most illnesses and require vaccinations in order to remain healthy.

When Should I Get My Pet Vaccinated?

Puppies and kittens are able to receive vaccinations after the first 6 weeks of them being born. Our veterinarians will be able to provide recommendations on when you should get your puppy or kitten get vaccinated after that date. Adult cats and dogs should be vaccinated as per a recommendation from your veterinarian. Normally, adult cats and dogs receive vaccinations annually or every 3 years. 

What Are the Vaccinations My Pet Needs?

The veterinarians at All Creatures Hospital consider that there are (2) groups of vaccines for dogs and cats - Core and Non-Core vaccines. Core vaccines are the vaccines that every patient should receive with few exceptions. Recommendations for Non-Core vaccines are based on a pet's potential for environmental exposure to infectious agents.

Core Vaccines For Dogs

1. DHP-P vaccine

  a.  Canine Disptemper Virus

  b.  Hepatitis Virus

  c.  Para-influenza Virus

  d.  Parvo Virus

2. Rabies vaccine

3.  Bordetella vaccine

Non-Core Vaccines for Dogs

These are based on the environmental exposure to other dogs or areas where dogs have been. Examples include: walks in the neighborhood; dog parks; doggie day care; groomers and dog washes; the beach; pet sitters; dog shows; walks in open spaces; wild canids (coyotes, foxes); etc.

1. Leptospirosis

2. Canine Influenza

  a. H3N8

  b.  H3N2

Core Vaccines For Cats

1.  FVR-CP

  a. Feline Herpes Virus

  b. Calici Virus

  c.  Feline Distemper Virus

Non-Core Vaccines for Cats

1.  Rabies vaccine

2.  Feline Leukemia Virus


These vaccines are highly effective at preventing the associated potentially life-threatening infectious diseases that our pets can contract. It is important that your pet receive their regularly scheduled vaccinations so that there are lapses in your pet's immunity. This helps insure that our dogs and cats can live long and healthy lives with us!

Let All Creatures Hospital in Del Mar Help

The doctors and staff at All Creatures Hospital in Del Mar are an  integral part of your pet's health care team. We work with (the pet parent) to make sure that your pet(s) live long and thrive. Insuring your pet's vaccinations are up-to-date is an important  part of your pet's Health Care Plan along with proper nutrition; skin care; parasite control (internal and external); and other treatment recommendations.

Our doctors and staff go above and beyond for your furry friends and provide valuable health information that will keep them in good shape. Be sure to contact us at (858) 481-7992 to schedule your professional appointment today. Appointments can also be scheduled online at

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